The Great White Pelican is a large pelican with a length of 160 cm and a wingspan of 280 cm. It differs from the Dalmatian Pelican by its white (not greyish white) plumage with a touch of pink in the breeding dress. The momentum feathers are black. He has a big pink face patch around the eye. The legs are pink too. The young birds are gray and also have dark flight feathers.
During the flight he holds his head back like the heron, and the black feathers become visible. He rises elegantly to the sky and uses the thermals for gliding. The rudder flight consists of slow wing beats.